Our nail polish formula is 10-free. But, what in the world does that mean?? 10-free essentially means ‘free of the 10 most toxic chemicals commonly found in nail polish”. Basically, it means our formula is non-toxic. Some polishes can range from 3-free, 5-free, 7-free and all the way up to 10-free!
While being 10-free, we are still able to maintain a creamy, super pigmented and lasting polish. Non-toxic polish still works just as great as a regular store bought polish. It might be more of a premium price for our product, but you are investing not only in a pretty mani, but also your health. You are also investing in the many things our company supports, such as our bio-degradable mailing solution so we can have a much cleaner impact on our planet.
Those 10 chemicals have been shown to cause birth defects, hormone changes, cancer, unconsciousness, liver damage, kidney damage and nervous system damage. Just to name a few. The list goes on and on. Of course, in small doses, it may not do anything right away. But over an extended period of time, using these products over and over, along with other beauty products using the same ingredients, these types of symptoms can occur.
Here is the breakdown of these 10 terrible chemicals. This is a comprehensive list and description of ingredients we do NOT include, and the effects of their toxicity-
“Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Camphor, Xylene, Triphenyl Phosphate (TPHP), Parabens, Fragrances, Animal Products and Phthalates “
This can be toxic by inhalation, ingestion or skin contact. It’s used as a solvent in aviation and automotive fuels to make other chemicals (ew)!
It can cause: Irritation to the eyes & nose, weakness, exhaustion, confusion, euphoria, dizziness, headaches; dilated pupils, discharge of tears, anxiety, muscle fatigue, insomnia, liver damage & kidney damage. BIG yikes. Inhalation symptoms include: Cough, sore throat, drowsiness, dizziness, headaches, nausea and even unconsciousness.
Formaldehyde is a colorless poisonous gas and is used as an antiseptic, disinfectant, and is used as embalming fluid to preserve dead bodies…
It can cause cancer and is currently regulated by OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) as carcinogen (a substance capable of causing cancer.) This can also cause skin burns, lung damage, and shock if ingested.
Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP)
This can cause birth deformities and reproductive impairment. This is also a skin, eye, nose, and throat irritant.
Camphor is absorbed by inhalation or ingestion. Its inhalation symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, dizziness, excitement, and epileptiform convulsions. Its ingestion symptoms include a burning sensation in the throat and chest, nausea, vomiting, headache, confusion, convulsions, and unconsciousness.
Symptoms of xylene being absorbed can include irritated eyes, skin, nose and throat. Also it includes dizziness, excitement, drowsiness, incoordination, corneal vacuolization, anorexia, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and dermatitis.
This can cause serious eye and skin damage. It can also cause serious respiratory damage, mainly targeted at respiratory tract irritation.
Parabens are linked to reproductive issues and breast cancer. They mimic estrogen, thus disrupting hormone functions. Scientific studies show they can harm reproductive and fertility hormones. This chemical has been banned in different countries all over the world for its harmful effects.
For your nails, acetone can seriously dry them out and cause them to get brittle and unhealthy. This is why we recommend using soy-based nail polishes. Acetone can also cause irritated eyes, nose, and throat. Headaches, dizziness, central nervous system depression, dermatitis, and unconsciousness if inhaled.
Triphenyl Phosphate (TPHP)
TPHP can cause damage to the nervous system and neurological disruption. It attacks the liver, nervous system, urinary system, kidneys, and even your reproductive organs.
There is a loophole in the FDAs regulations allowing fragrance to mask other chemicals in your product. Fragrance can actually contain many other harmful chemicals that won’t be listen in your ingredients. EWG (Environmental Working Group) found that 75% of products that used fragrance, also contained phthalates, which disrupts hormones and reproduction. This is one of the many harmful products that fragrance can be hiding.
Phthalates are used to make fragrances last longer. They have been linked many hazardous health conditions. A few to include are: Reduced sperm count, liver cancer, breast cancer, reproductive malformation and diabetes. It also causes birth defects, behavioral and developmental issues in children, and pre-mature birth. Phthalates are so bad in fact that they are meant countries, a few to name are Canada, China, EU and Japan. The National Toxicology Program said this about phthalates: “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen”. Which means it promotes the formation of cancer.
Our polishes are vegan & cruelty-free.
Conclusion: Why is it best to go 10-free? If you even skim over this list, it will give you many reasons to go 10-free and maybe re-evaluate all of your beauty products! Honestly, it’s becoming the standard. Cheap polishes that last a million years just aren’t cutting it anymore. We are living in a time where people want transparency about what is going on and in their bodies. We are learning more than ever the long term effects of using toxic beauty products. Many are making the switch to cleaner products. Not even just for themselves, but for the environment. The less we use these products, the less they will be polluting our planet and the younger generations.
Also, vegan and cruelty-free options are becoming the standard in beauty. Even for those who are not vegan. Why? Because why would you truly need animal products in your beauty products? Also, if they are being tested on animals, then it would be safe to assume thats because they were too weary to test some of those chemicals on humans because of the effects. Let’s just keep animals and toxic chemicals as far away as possible.